De Zavala wins City of Pasadena’s Can-Do Food Drive

De Zavala wins City of Pasadena’s Can-Do Food Drive
Posted on 11/17/2017
De Zavala wins City of Pasadena’s Can-Do Food Drive

Can-Do Food Drive Winner

Barbara Sitzman (right), volunteer manager for the City of Pasadena, presents the Can-Do Food Drive trophy to De Zavala Principal Melissa Garza at a surprise celebration for the school.

By Reesha Brown
PISD Communications

The sound of cheers filled the halls as De Zavala Middle School was named the campus winner of the 2017 Can-Do Food Drive by the City of Pasadena.

The school collected 2,024 pounds of canned and non-perishable food items to help the City of Pasadena fill their pantries and help families across the city have a brighter Thanksgiving, a 26 year-old tradition that continues to grow.

The school celebrated its first-time win with various student performances by De Zavala’s Lobo Band, choir and step team.

“It was a student led canned food drive,” Melissa Garza, the school’s principal said. “We have our alpha club who did weekly challenges for…not just our students and staff, but for our community. We are so very proud of them.”

De Zavala is among 42 campuses across Pasadena ISD that pitched in to collect canned foods.

Families at Red Bluff, for example, many of whom were impacted by Harvey floods, arrived in droves to donate food and help their fellow man.

“This is a close-knit group,” Tammie Hinton, Red Bluff Principal said. “No matter what, when help is needed, they come together and do their best to provide assistance. I love this community.”